Island Wildlife Cruises

Trips Available Year Round


This 3.5 hour cruise will take you through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park.

Map by U.S.G.S. - Santa Barbara Channel
Photo by Joel Barrett - Blue Footed Booby

This area of the ocean is known to have more marine mammals in its waters than any other area on the planet.

We will also cruise the rugged shoreline of Anacapa Island.  Cruising Anacapa Island you will see the famous Arch Rock that is the landmark for the park as well as the seals and sea lions that make their home on the shore beneath the high cliffs.  Visitors can also view the working lighthouse atop the island.

Photo by Patrick Vertongen
Photo by Michele Wassell

Traveling from the mainland to the island of Anacapa you may see Harbor Seals, California Sea Lions, Humpback, Gray, Blue or Orca Whales.  Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided & Risso's Dolphins may also be sighted on these excursions.  We never know what we are going to see, but these excursions are always an adventure.

Anacapa Island is home to one of the largest breeding populations of Brown Pelicans on the west coast.  Western Gulls breed on all three islet of Anacapa, forming the largest breeding colony of Western Gulls in the world.  Birds abound in the water, on the land and in the skies around Anacapa Island.

Photo by Michele Wassell

Relaxing and educational, the wildlife cruise is a great way to discover the marine environment and spend quality time with friends and family.

Photo by Dan Harding - Brown Pelicans in flight